Medicine; Internal Medicine
Telemedicine use for patients with autoimmune rheumatic conditions during the pandemic mandates better characterization. We conducted a telephonic survey on patients who consulted rheumatologists remotely to determine their attitudes toward telemedicine. The study was conducted at Aga Khan University Hospital, a tertiary care hospital in Pakistan which is a lower-middle-income country. Descriptive analyses were performed. Fifty patients visited tele-rheumatology clinic, 35 (70.0%) were female with a mean (SD) age of 47.6 (18.1) years. Majority (27, 54.0%) learned about telemedicine from hospital website and outpatient clinic desk or helpline. Lack of examination was the biggest concern with teleconsultation (18, 22.2%). Most patients (38, 76.0%) agreed to continue teleconsultation beyond the pandemic. Telemedicine is preferable for providing rheumatology outpatient service during and after the pandemic.
Journal of patient experience
Riaz, M. M.,
Mahmood, S. Z.,
(2022). Telemedicine for rheumatology patients in Covid-19 pandemic: Perspectives of patients. Journal of patient experience.
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